Ritz Carlton Singapore Colony Buffet
7 Raffles Ave
Singapore, CA 039799
+65 800 241 3333
Best Buffet in the world?
In late 2019 we went back to the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore Colony buffet. It changed name and upgraded in 2015. The interior is much more ornate and structured. After reading about the food options in 2019, we felt it remains the top buffet in Singapore, in from of Rise and The Line.
“In the late 18th century, the British traveled to the East Indies for trade and commerce; that story is told through the experience at Colony. The restaurant showcases local, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian and Western dishes through seven open kitchens and breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Distinct experiences include a Sunday champagne brunch, table-side cocktails and a bakery offering fresh items each day.”
Ritz Carlton Singapore is a restaurant in the posh hotel right near the Marina Bay Sands. The Ritz hotel is a luxury hotel where rooms start at a $500 night. When we were researching our Asia trip, we noticed that Singapore was home to many high end buffets, some of which run every day. The buffets are higher end affairs, not cheap all you can eat places. This shocked us as we did not expect this to occur in such a small country. We are big seafood and Foie Gras fans, so we looked for the highest end buffet with these goodies. 18 hours later, we arrived for our next adventure…
We are fans of upscale buffets, not to overindulge in excess, but to have fun sampling a large cross section of fine foods. The Conrad Buffet in Hong Kong has renamed our favorite buffet in the world. Would the Ritz Colony one up them?
Decor, Vibe – Ritz Carlton Singapore is an elegant room with ornate relics on the stylish walls. A tall ceiling made for a large airy room. The restaurant was full with hotel guests, families, and other well heeled people, many of them locals. You needed to have reservations to get in, we heard several people begging to attend this feast. Book several weeks in advance or ask your hotel concierge.
Ritz Carlton Colony Menu
Ritz Carlton, Singapore has more elaborate spreads on Sunday brunch, but our schedule allowed us to only fit in a mid week lunch. Our mid week meal cost a VERY reasonable SG$68 (US$50) + 10% service charge.
Sunday Brunch costs SG$192 (US$141) with a children at SG$96. Wow, this is the most expensive buffet we’ve ever been to.
- Unlimited Champagne Barons de Rothschild Reserve Ritz Millesime 2010, Champagne Barons de Rothschild Reserve Ritz Rose NV, selected cocktails/mocktails, wines, draft beer and soft drinks. We skipped breakfast and dinner that day! The food here crosses Asian and Western boundaries. They have special menus for holidays such as Christmas and New Years.
The food stations include:
- The Ice Bar
- The Grill & Rotisserie
- The Steam Basket
- The Tandoor
- The Wok
- The Fruit Stall
- The Patisserie
Salad and appetizers: Fresh Fruit, Smoked salmon, Shrimp Salads, Shaved Pork Salad, Beef Carpaccio with Sweet and Sour Sauce, Sauteed Scallops, Ahi Tuna, prosciutto, and more
Pasta and Heritage station with Chicken Rice, char siew, Roast Duck and more. Carved to order crackling pork belly, Roast Duck and Chicken.
High quality deli meats or charcuterie, jamon freshly cut off the hoof.
Seafood: Different kinds of oysters freshly shucked (Canadian, Australian, St. Michael), clams, Australian Black Mussel, Langoustine, Live Yabby, Snow Crab, scallops in their shell, tons of Huge prawns, King crab claws, lobsters.
Marinated sea food options, shrimp, octopus, seaweed, etc.
Lots of Indian Food. All freshly made. Gosht soup, Tandoori Gobi cheese, Lentil stew, palak paneer, Chicken Tandoori, naan, Butter chicken masala, Lamb Galouti Bhojpuri, and more.
Seared foie gras was cooked while you wait. Quality was decent, not exceptional. This is banned in California, so we ate a ton here.
Lots of prepared hot foods including satay, seafood, Chinese foods, vegetables (eggplant, beans, asparagus, sauteed mushrooms, roast corn, Sauteed Zucchini), fried rice, lobster bisque and Oriental crab soups, cooked prawns, scallops, pork, Cornish hen, lobster and a lot more. Truffle mash potatoes, chutneys.
Chinese style whole deep fried groupa fish.
Beautiful Sushi and freshly cut Sashimi made with very fresh ingredients. Salmon, Akami Tuna, Shima Aji, Meda, Kapachi, Octopus. Assorted rice Rolls, homemade gravlax, seasoned seafood.
Carving Station: Huge Australian beef roast was only ok. The lamb was very good.
Bread, Rolls, Croissants and Pastries, station did not get much play with all the other goodies. These were all quality homemade baked goods.
Pasta station served quality custom made to order pastas and sauces. Real parmesan cheese. Not as good as Conrad’s in Hong Kong.
They also had a Noodle station with several styles of made to order noodles. Laksa, Braised veal cheeks, tonkatsu char siew ramen.
Outrageous Cheese cart with many fine cheeses from around the world. Lots of fruit and bread, sandwiches to go with it. Air dried wagyu beef, black forest ham, salami, mortadella, iberico ham, chorizo, veal pastrami, pancetta.
Dim sum area with a wide variety of items. Egg pau, har kow, abalone siew mai, crystal jade dumpling, xiao long pau. Quality was so-so.
Dessert puddings, cakes, creme brulee, gelatins, chocolates, and more. Singapore local desserts made from coconut milk, gula melaka, pandan and tapioca.
Fresh fruit from the region. Lots of fresh tropical fruit.
Custom dessert crepes with lots of toppings.
Five kinds of premium ice cream along with many toppings including tons of candy.
Ferme des peupliers French Yogurt. Five kinds of fresh juices, coffee, and tea were included.
Service – Ritz Carlton Singapore Brunch Buffet had very good service that could have been better. We had to wait a fair amount of time to have plates changed or taken. Not a lot of servers although our champagne glass was almost always full!
Value – At US$50 for lunch, the Colony buffet is a steal.
For Sunday Brunch Ritz Carlton Singapore Brunch is not cheap, but offers maximum value in its wide variety, unlimited liquor, and high quality food. This goes way above and beyond Vegas buffets like the Wynn, and surpasses the Ritz Carlton Navio brunch and at a lower price.
Alternatives – Nearby buffet include The Line at the Shangri La or Rise at the Marina Bay Sands.
Verdict – Ritz Carlton Singapore Brunch Buffet lives up to its billing as an excellent buffet, the best we have dined at so far. When in Singapore, give it a try, we do not this type level of buffet exists in the USA. Almost everyone we saw was so full, they ended up with food comas and possibly a hangover.
Reservations required. 10% service charge.
Have you dined at a better buffet? Do tell!